Functional medicine sees you, the patient, as a whole person, with a unique history, a unique set of circumstances, and a unique set of genes that interact to create your health, or the experience of disease. Functional Medicine does not apply a standard protocol to each problem. This is not “one-size-fits-all” medicine.
Through the unique partnership between you, the patient and myself, the doctor, the Functional Medicine approach produces a comprehensive plan for maximizing health. Beyond just alleviating symptoms or slowing the progression of disease, Functional Medicine is integrative, science-based healthcare that focuses on addressing the underlying cause of illness, as well as the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
Functional medicine practitioners spend a lot of time with their patients, listening to their histories and investigating the complex interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
Through this comprehensive evaluation, and development of a personalized wellness program, functional medicine practitioners help you to regain control over your health and make changes to support a lifetime of wellness.
Core Principles of Functional Medicine – Seeing and Treating The Whole Person
- Each person is unique, with unique healthcare needs.
- Health is more than simply the absence of disease.
- Balanced biochemistry is essential to proper functioning.
- Medicine must be personalized for the individual.
Functional medicine is science-based and uses a variety of lab tests to help understand how your individual body systems function. To assess where your imbalances lie, we may utilize appropriate, comprehensive lab testing to assess:
- Genetic variations
- Metabolic functioning
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
- Immune and inflammatory imbalances
- Oxidation problems
- Neurotransmitter and hormonal issues
- Detoxification and biotransformation problems
Using this detailed information, we create a customized wellness plan just for you.